Sunday, 21 December 2014

News: The Estée Lauder Shopping Spree Continues

Estée Lauder Companies own some of the best brands in the beauty industry. Bumble and bumble, Bobbi Brown, M.A.C, Crème de la Mer, Tom Ford Beauty and Jo Malone London are just a few brands under the beauty giant's umbrella. However this clearly isn't enough, as Estée Lauder is about to acquire its fourth brand since October! That brand, my dear readers, is GLAMGLOW.

GLAMGLOW, the California-based skincare brand, was developed for backstage and professional use in Hollywood’s entertainment and fashion industry. The brand was founded by Glenn and Shannon Dellimore and it has been a massive success since it launched in 2010.

“GLAMGLOW represents the ultimate in innovative facial masks,” said Fabrizio Freda, President and Chief Executive Officer of The Estée Lauder Companies. “Glenn and Shannon’s vision – to create easy-to-use, effective products for camera-ready skin – has grown into an incredible success. GLAMGLOW is a top performer in specialty channels and effectively engages its devoted fans across digital platforms. Its unique focus on facial masks strategically complements our current prestige skin care offerings, and we are thrilled to welcome Glenn and Shannon to our Company.”

Sadly, the terms of the deal were not disclosed. However the acquisition is expected to close in January 2015.

Friday, 19 December 2014

The Gift Edit: Stocking Fillers

I am obsessed with Christmas stockings. How can you not love massive socks filled with wonderful little gifts?! Now choosing stocking fillers can be a difficult task. However, if you are compiling a stocking for a beauty addict, you are in luck. There are almost too many things you could include! Here are some of my favourites...


First up, lets start with the cheap essentials - cotton pads, cotton buds, nail polish remover and nail files etc. A girl can never  have enough of these items and, lucky for you, they are easily available at local drug stores or supermarkets. Although not a cheap beauty essential, a quality pair of tweezers also make a great stocking filler. As far as I'm concerned, tweezers don't get better than the Tweezerman Slant Tweezer (£20.95 John Lewis / $22.00 Sephora). Lip balm are also great; the Rodial Stemcell Superfood Glam Balm Lip SPF15 7ml (£17.00 Debenhams / $22.00 skinstore.com) is a personal favourite as it hydrates, nourishes and plumps the lips! And lets not forget about hairspray - another beauty must-have! Percy & Reed has a mini version of its hero Reassuringly Firm Session Hold Hairspray (£6.00 John Lewis). This 50ml can provides the perfect strong hold for gals on the go!

Moving on to products will a little more glamour, I recommend the new Bobbi Brown Lip Gloss Trio (£29.00 Selfridges / $48.00 bobbibrowncosmetics.com), featuring three gorgeous colours. Midnight Violet, Pink Pop and Pink Sunset make up the threesome and, like all Bobbi Brown lip gloss colours, these are highly pigmented and have real lasting power. I also recommend a sparkly nail polish because, well, what's more perfect for the party season?! I love the new Ciaté Paint Pot in Fairy Whisper 13.5ml (£9.00 ciatelondon.com), a gorgeous polish packed with gold and red glitter. Talking of nail polish, the Nails Inc SOS Nail Pen (£12.00 Debenhams / $12.00 Macy's) is a great stocking filler for any nail colour lover. This handy accessory cleans up mani and pedi disasters easily and super quickly.

Finally, bringing skincare into the mix, I recommend the Nip + Fabs Glycolic Fix (£12.99 Boots / $12.99 ULTA). These pads are perfect for girls prone to acne breakouts or just those girls wanting to keep their skin in tip-top condition. I also love the Paul & Joe Treatment Balm 27ml (£20.00 Selfridges / $30.00 Dermstore.com) and Dr. Lipp 15ml (£11.50 Space NK / $14.50 birchbox.com), two amazing skin saviours that help to moisturise, treat and  protect the skin.

Wednesday, 17 December 2014

Wednesday Wisdom: Eleanor Roosevelt

“Great minds discuss ideas; average minds discuss events; small minds discuss people”

Tuesday, 16 December 2014

The Tuesday Tip: Puffy Free Party Season!

If you're anything like me, your next month will be full of parties, drinking and very late nights, so looking your best is sure to be a top priority. The problem with the late nights, drinking and parties is that they can lead to puffy eyes. Luckily I have a little trick that will help keep those peepers puff free!

To go from inflamed to fabulous, all you need to do is pop your eye cream, serum or gel in the freezer 10 minutes before applying it. The cold cream will act as a cold compress, reducing unwanted puffiness.

As to which eye product to choose, any will do. Lately I've been loving the Vichy Idealia Eyes 15ml (£23.00 Boots / $31.00 ULTA). This eye serum is light but deeply hydrating, which helps to smooth unwanted fine lines. It also contains illuminators which instantly brighten the eye area - great for reducing the appearance of dark circles.

Monday, 15 December 2014

Ingredients 101: Kigelia Africana

Natural or Synthetic: Natural

Origin: Kigelia Africana is extracted from the bark, roots and fruits of the Kigelia Africana tree. The Kigelia Africana is part of the Bignoniaceae family and is often referred to as the 'Sausage Tree'.

Location: The Kigelia Africana grows throughout tropical Africa.

Beauty Benefits: Kigelia Africana has anti-bacterial and anti-fungal properties and it has been used as a healing agent for centuries. It is also great for reducing inflammation and redness. However this amazing ingredient is most loved for its ability to tighten and firm the skin! And that's not the only thing it firms - women in southern parts of Africa are known to use the fruit of the Kigelia Africana on their breasts as a firming treatment!

Warnings: Kigelia Africana is safe to use topically.

Found in: The Aurelia Miracle Cleanser 120ml (£34.00 urbanretreat.co.uk / $53.00 net-a-porter.com). This aromatic cleanser removes makeup and dirt completely, whilst keeping skin hydrated and soft. Hardly any product is needed per use and it smells divine!

Aurelia Miracle Cleanser
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